GREEK - Summer 2021 (Jul-Sept) Cuisine of the Quarter

I have prepared Classic Briam and I place a piece of parchment (papoillte paper) on a sheet pan and sprinkle the veggies on top with salt, black peppercorns grinded, Fresh basil leaves and a drizzle of Greek Evoo. I bake with balsamic vinegar for 30 minutes at 160 C degrees.

I use baguette or toasted in oven Pita from the Moroccan bakery.

Looks great !!! Really nice light dinner or tapa … (mezze) …

I use courgette or zucchine, red bell, green horn bells, red ripe tomatoes, aubergine, spring onion or leek and home made tomato sauce (simple marinara) with fresh tomato.

I have made with potato too but for summer, I keep it light.

I like your idea of the Feta on top !!!

Have a nice weekend.

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Such a flexible preparation, isn’t it? Fresh summer vegetables and nice olive oil are what make briam delicious for me.

Happy weekend!

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Strapatsada is a lesser known Greek tomato and egg dish .

Also, Santorini tomato keftedes.

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It is a healthy and lovely dish !!!

Have a great weekend.

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Sorry I missed this!

Soaked the gigantes in cold water for a full day. Pressure cooked but left a bite on them.

Sauce was garlic, onions, tomatoes, pinch or oregano and thyme, and some red pepper flakes (that added no flavor as it turned out).

I added the beans and pressure cooked a little bit more to tenderize.

Nice olive oil drizzled over on the plate.

I will not second guess myself again on (1) not adding salt until they’re almost done, and (2) not cooking with acid until almost done. I’m convinced those two things extended cooking time way more than it usually is.

But, tasty!

The pita was fun too.

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I tried making a pastitsio for the first time using a scaled down recipe from Kokkari: Contemporary Greek Flavors which is a cookbook from Kokkari Estiatorio, a Greek restaurant in SF that I haven’t been to yet. Pastitsio is a bit like a Greek lasagne. Layers of pasta with a layer of seasoned ground beef, topped with a bechamel custard. I thought it came out pretty well!

And also a Greek salad.

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Welcome aboard Hungry Onion.

Looks like a lovely dish for a light lunch with a salad.

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I forgot to post a photo of the skordalia. Here it is, with salmon, asparagus, and mushrooms, all roasted in a baking sheet.

SkordaliaAsparagusSalmon

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“Lathera” is more of a technique than a dish. The word derives from “lathi”, which means oil. Lots of oil. Basically, you poach vegetables in olive oil and tomato.

We didn’t have this when I was growing up, probably because Mom didn’t like oily foods. In fact I first had it in a taverna in Greece. The classic version uses green beans and potatoes, and that’s what I made last night.

Start with the generic tomato sauce I posted in response 13 above, but when sauteeing the garlic and onions, use a full 1/3 cup of EVOO. For the quantity in that basic recipe, add 300g green beans and 300g diced potatoes. Put it on a low simmer for about half an hour.
Here’s the result, just about like that version I had in the Greek taverna:

You can use any vegetables you like. Here are some ideas to get you started: https://www.thegreekishlife.com/lathera

ETA: I forgot to mention that the tomato didn’t provide enough liquid for the long simmer. I added water, maybe 3/4 cup, and a tablespoon of tomato paste to compensate. Tomato paste is common in Greek recipes. To add liquid, Mom used to use bottled tomato juice, but I find it too salty.

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Hmmmm…

We call that fassoulakia. One of my favorites - with lots of garlic.

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Yup!

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Fasolakia Lathera? Fasolakia Lathera!

…or Zeytinyağlı Fasulye.

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I have no idea what any of that means but those beans look delicious.

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Opa! Very nice. Did you use fresh tomatoes? The sauce is really bright, and has just the right layer of olive oil on top.

Fasolakia are green beans in Greek. Lathera (lah there AH) means simmered in olive oil and tomato. Scroll up a couple of screens for my posts about it.

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“Scroll up a couple of screens for my posts about it.”

Missed it! Thanks.

Of course! And also some sumac, smoked paprika, Turkish peppers, and Harrissa.

I used some I roasted with garlic and basil oil.

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Yours looks so inviting! Fresh bread on the side and a little feta on top and I call that a hall-of-fame summer meal.

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Here’s what my own pan looked like. I used canned tomatoes.

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Yemista! Tomatoes and other vegetables are stuffed with ground lamb and rice. I started with an online recipe, tried to reduce the quantities, but ended up with too much rice in the mix–it should be mostly lamb with a little rice mixed in. And the tomatoes were more tart than I’d expect for high-season heirlooms. The green things are zucchini.

I still have a lot of the lamb/rice left over, so I’ll roll up some dolmathes later this week. Here’s the website I consulted:

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Looks good to me.

I used the remaining lamb and rice to make dolmathes.

After wrapping the stuffing in the grape leaves, I simmered them in just a little water for about 15 minutes. This was enough to cook the leaves. Other online recipes I looked at wrap the leaves in uncooked lamb and rice, and simmer for up to 45 minutes.

Then, my first ever attempt at avgolemono. It’s a little thinner than I would have liked for a sauce (as opposed to a garnish for soup). One whole Meyer lemon, one egg, and I used the liquid that the dolmathes simmered in, which is why the sauce doesn’t have the typical golden color that avgolemono usually has. It took just a couple of minutes with the immersion blender.

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